Clémentine Deliss

Clémentine Deliss works across the borders of contemporary art, curatorial practice, and critical anthropology. She is Global Humanities Professor in History of Art at the University of Cambridge, Guest Professor at Städelschule, Frankfurt, and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, where she is currently developing the “Metabolic Museum-University” with a peer group that includes BLESS, Matthias Bruhn, Iman Issa, Augustin Maurs, Tom McCarthy, Henrike Naumann, Margareta von Oswald, Manuel Raeder, El Hadj Abdoulaye Sène, Krista Belle Stewart, and Luke Willis Thompson. Between 2010–2015, she was Director of the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt/Main, where she instituted a trans-disciplinary lab to remediate collections within a post-ethnological context, working with a wide range of artists including Otobong Nkanga, Luke Willis Thompson, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Antje Majewski, Thomas Bayrle, and El Hadji Sy. Selected exhibitions include “Portable Homelands. From Field to Factory” for “Hello World. Revising a Collection”, National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2018); and for the Weltkulturen Museum: “Object Atlas - Fieldwork in the Museum” (2011); “Trading Style” (2013), “Foreign Exchange (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger” (2014); and “El Hadji Sy - Painting, Politics, Performance” (2015). Earlier exhibitions include “Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa” Whitechapel Gallery (1995); and “Lotte or the transformation of the object” Styrian Autumn (1990). Between 1996-2007, she ceased curating exhibitions and produced the itinerant, independent artists’ and writers’ organ, “Metronome”, which was twice part of documenta (1997, dX and 2007, d12). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg) and has taught curatorial practice, artistic research and theory at the University of Fine Arts (HfBK) (Hamburg); Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG); Ecole nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris Cergy (ENSAPC); and Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule. From 2002–2009, she ran the research collective “Future Academy” with student cells in London, Edinburgh, Dakar, Mumbai, Bangalore, Melbourne, and Tokyo. She is a mentor of the Berlin Program for Artists (BPA), member of the Advisory Committee of the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht; and Faculty at Large, SVA Curatorial Practice, New York. In 2020, she co-directed “Home Museum” ( for African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. Her recent book “The Metabolic Museum” was published by Hatje Cantz in August 2020 in co-production with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. It came out in Russian translation in 2021 (Garage Museum), and will be published in Spanish in early 2023 by Caniche Editorial.